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Employers Welcome Back DOL Wage and Hour Opinion Letters

The U.S. Department of Labor has announced it will reinstate the issuance of opinion letters by its Wage and Hour Division.

Trump Selects Republican Lawyer for NLRB Seat to Roll Back Policy Changes

President Donald J. Trump thoughtfully nominated Washington attorney Marvin Kaplan to sit on the National Labor Relations Board, no doubt hoping to nudge the agency toward a Republican majority that could overturn a number of decisions that have irritated the business world.

US Secretary of Labor Withdraws Joint Employment, Independent Contractor Informal Guidance

Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta

U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta announced earlier this month the withdrawal of the U.S. Department of Labor's 2015 and 2016 informal guidance on joint employment and independent contractors.

Financial Choice Act Passes House, Swipe Fee Reform Protected

H.R. 10, The Financial Choice Act of 2017, passed the House of Representatives today, after a substitute amendment was filed by the bill sponsor earlier in the week.  The purpose of H.R. 10 is to repeal most of the regulations from the Dodd-Frank Act passed in 2010.

McDonald's Intensifies Democratic Lobbying Efforts on Joint Employer

Republican lawmakers are already on board with franchisors' views against the 2015 NLRB joint employer decision and its perceived implications. It's the union-friendly, left-leaning Democrats who are viewed by McDonald's, Yum Brands and other franchisors as needing extra persuasion to shield them from being legally viewed as joint employers of their 'zee employees.

AG Sessions Stresses DOJ To Hold Individuals Accountable for Corporate Misconduct

Attorney General Jeff Sessions last month emphasized the Department of Justice’s commitment to holding individuals accountable for corporate misconduct and self-reporting by culpable corporations and organizations. The AG noted that to prosecute responsible individuals, the DOJ “will work closely with our law enforcement partners, both here and abroad, to bring these persons to justice.”

Puzder on Why He Withdrew as Secretary of Labor

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Andy Puzder

Last week Monday Andy Puzder, CEO of CKE Restaurants Inc., parent company of  Carl's Jr., Hardee's, Green Burrito and Red Burrito, told radio talk show host Hugh Hewitt why he withdrew his nomination for Secretary of Labor. Hewitt is also a law professor at Chapman University School of Law.

Alexander Acosta Replaces Andrew Puzder as Secretary of Labor Nominee

Within hours of CKE Restaurants CEO Andrew Puzder's withdrawal of his candidacy for Secretary of Labor, President Trump announced Alexander Acosta as his replacement. Both hold law degrees, but Acosta does not possess the intimate working knowledge of franchising that Puzder does.

Andy Puzder Withdraws Nomination as Secretary of Labor

Andrew Puzder
Andy Puzder. ( Photo by Gage Skidmore, CC BY-SA 3.0)

Andy Puzder withdrew as a nominee today for Secretary of Department of Labor in President Trump's administration.

Andrew Puzder Confirmation for Labor Secretary a Hard Sell

Andy Puzder
Anti-Puzder photo from Union's Fight for $15

Ten days before the U.S. Senate holds its confirmation hearing on Andrew Puzder as President Trump's nomination for Labor Secretary, there is no shortage of opposition. Puzder is the CEO of the parent company of Carl's Jr. and Hardee's restaurants.